Hyderabad: Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy on Tuesday said the Centre was hatching conspiracies to cheat farmers in the State on the paddy procurement issue.
“The ire of the people is reflected in the statements made by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao during the media briefing after the Cabinet meeting on Monday,” the Minister said, interacting with media persons at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad here before leaving for Bangaluru to attend a marriage.
Stating that the Centre must clarify its stand on paddy procurement, Jagadish Reddy said: “It is the Centre’s responsibility to ensure food security to the people. How is it wrong when we ask the Centre to come up with yearly action plan for agriculture sector?” the Minister asked, adding that the TRS was ready to discuss the paddy and other issues pertaining to agriculture in Parliament.
The Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar should clarify the paddy issue instead of BJP leaders from Telangana. He accused the Union Agriculture Minister and Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy of speaking irresponsibly on the issue.
Stating that the Centre’s intentions on the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill would be exposed, the Minister wondered who was going to benefit from the proposed Bill. “It is the Central government which is insisting on installing electric meters to motors in agriculture lands,” he said.
Referring to Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar’s reaction in New Delhi to the Chief Minister’s statements, the Minister added: “It is strange that BJP leaders are speaking about the language.”
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